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  • Apr 26 / 2020
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FREE virtual Race Officer seminars

Australian Sailing FREE Race Officer online seminars

The Club RO seminar is aimed at educating Australian Sailing members in the basics to conduct consistent, fair and safe club racing. It is suitable for:

  • People who have a keen interest in sailing and want to participate in another facet of the sport
  • Those who may be interested in becoming involved in race management or would like to further their skill set whilst formalising their accreditation
  • Parents who have limited experience within sailing but want to contribute to the sport
  • Volunteers at yacht clubs
  • Sailors who no longer actively participate in the sport.
  • Sailors looking to kill some spare time during the current climate

Content covered includes race management equipment, safety operations, weather considerations, course setting (windward-leeward, trapezoid, triangle, gates, off-set marks etc.), course considerations, starting (flags, setting start line, standard starting system, signals, penalties), race control (abandon, mark change, shortening course), finishes (setting finish line, recording finish), post-race tasks (results, protest time), GPS use.

The course will be run on the following dates.

 

 

  • Apr 01 / 2020
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Coronavirus update 1 April 2020: Club closed

Important notice from the Commodore

  • The Club is now closed to all members and visitors until further notice
  • Stop all forms of recreational boating

Under Victorian Government Stage 3 restrictions, the Club is now closed to all members and visitors until further notice.

Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) has asked that Victorians stop all forms of recreational boating to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The MSV has advised – “Marine Search and Rescue services do not have the same capability to perform rescues on the water as they normally would. Anyone choosing to head out on the water is putting themselves – and others – at increased risk”.

The only exception to access the Club grounds is to inspect boats on moorings, with access to be via the slipway gate and not via the Clubhouse. Access will be at your own risk and must adhere to all Victorian Government restrictions relating to the coronavirus.

During the close down period security and facility checks will be completed at the Club by a member of the Committee of Management (CoM), and any essential building maintenance will be undertaken.

If you require urgent access to the Club during the close down period, permission must be sought from the CoM.  To help you facilitate this, please liaise with either the Michael Virant (acting Rear Commodore) or myself (contact details below).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this period of uncertainty, and as we all grapple with the ever changing environment in which we live.

When the Victorian Government advises that we have the all clear to head back out, we will shall let you know so that you can return to enjoying your boating, fishing and sailing.

Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

Warm regards

Brian Fentiman, Commodore

 

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  • Jan 21 / 2020
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Saturday morning sailing with the ‘Green fleet’

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Calling all kids who have completed TACKERS courses: we have Saturday morning sailing with the ‘Green fleet’ from 9:30am-11:30am.

To complement the TACKERS courses, Williamstown Sailing Club offers Tackers Fleet sailing on most Saturday mornings throughout the season. This is supervised sailing to practice the skills leaned in a TACKERS Course, rather than formal instruction. It is free for members.

There are three levels to the TACKERS program which kids can progress through. When they finish TACKERS 3 – Sailing Fast! most children are ready for what we call the Junior Squad sailing at Williamstown Sailing Club. This is supervised sailing on most Saturday mornings of the sailing season (9:30am-11:30am) with many of the participants practicing the skills needed to take part in competitive racing.

Who should I contact to find out more?

Our Junior Sailing Coordinator is Andrew Graham, and our Tackers Course enrolment co-ordinator is Andrea Taylor. We’re here to answer any questions that parents/guardians might have. The easiest way to contact us is by emailing tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

 

  • Oct 11 / 2019
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TACKERS program – registrations are open for Jan 2020

Registrations for the TACKERS program in January 2020 are now open!

The TACKERS program is a popular way for kids aged 7-12 to start their sailing adventures over the summer holidays, but places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the program, including links to register online, please refer to our TACKERS sailing program page.

  • Dec 20 / 2018
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2019 TACKERS program is now open for enrolment

Bookings are now open for TACKERS 1 and TACKERS 2 programs in January 2019.  Two courses of each will be run, on 7-11 January and 14-18 January.  TACKERS 1 will be run from 830-1230 and TACKERS 2 from 1300-1700. Download the WSC – TACKERS info sheet – January 2019 for further details.

Programs will require a minimum number of participants to run.  Enrolment Forms can be sent to tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au.

Costs

  • WSC members $250 per course ($20 discount for additional sibling)
  • Non-members $300 per course ($20 discount for additional sibling)

See the TACKERS sailing program page for further information.

  • Aug 25 / 2017
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TACKERS – name the Optis!

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Our wonderful Ozi-Optis have been nameless for too long!

We’re calling all Junior members to send in their suggestions of boat names.

The names should be something our young sailors would want to skipper and, ideally, have some link to boating, the Club or the local area.

There’s a great prize in store for the lucky winners, not to mention seeing their winning entry on one of the boats.

Entries should be sent to tackers@williamstownsailingclub.org.au before the end of August.

 

 

  • Aug 25 / 2017
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Training: protesting and first aid

Learn how to protest…

Learn how to protest or be part of protest committee or jury member. Geoffrey Searl, National Judge and Royal Geelong Yacht Club member will be conducting two training sessions on Sunday 29 October.

The morning session will focus on knowing how to correctly protest and the protest procedure, whilst the afternoon session will focus on protest management and protest committee procedures.

Confirm your place by sending an email to our Vice Commodore at vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

First aid

Need or want to learn how to apply first aid. Limited places will be available for members to join in the annual first training program for our first aid officers – see dates below. The cost of participation is $195 per person, expressions of interest can be sent our Vice Commodore at vice.commodore@williamstownsailingclub.org.au

Dates

  • Sunday 28 October – 8am – 12pm – Marine (VHF) Radio Training
  • Sunday 29 October – Learn how to protest
    • Morning Session – Protesting
    • Afternoon Session – The Protest Committee
  • Sunday 25 November – 9am – 4pm – First Aid & CPR Refresher Training

More dates will be published in the next newsletter and here as details come to hand.

  • Feb 05 / 2017
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Transition to racing program – Feb

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Our Transition to Racing program is set to run on Saturday mornings on 4, 11 and 18 of February. This program is free to club members wishing to further practise their sailing skills. First priority for access to club pacers are given to graduates of the 2016 Learn to Sail program.

The program will operate between 8:30 am – 11:30 am with sessions covering gybing, tacking, race starts, flag recognition and capsizing. Skills to be practised will be announced on the day depending on wind and weather conditions and participants skill level.

This is not a formal program but more about giving you the opportunity to practise your skills in a supervised and safe environment.

To book a place contact Gayle at: training@williamstownsailing.org.com.au

 

 

 

  • Dec 12 / 2016
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TACKERS January programs

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The club will be offering TACKERS Levels 1, 2 & 3 training programs during the January school holidays.

Dates 2016-17

  1. TACKERS 1: 9-13 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30am – 12.30 pm) BOOKED OUT
  2. TACKERS 1: 16-20 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (8.30 am – 12.30pm)
  3. TACKERS 2: 16-20 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm – 5pm)
  4. TACKERS 3: 9–13 January 2017, 4 hour session daily (1pm to 5pm)

So if you have kids, grand kids or friends you think might like to get involved in the games and fun based introductory sailing for kids programs, more information and the booking forms are available here

 

 

  • Aug 29 / 2016
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Learn to sail course dates released (over 12 years of age)

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The aim of this course is to enable students to sail a small yacht competently and to gain confidence so that sailing is both safe and enjoyable.

This program runs for three Thursday nights of theory and five Saturday mornings of on the water training, under the guidance of experienced and certified Yachting Victoria instructors and experienced sailing members of the Club.

The minimum age for this program is 12, and you must be able to swim 50 metres. For children 7 to 12 we provide a TACKERS training program.

The 2016-17 course consists of:

  • Theory sessions: 3 x Thursdays – 3, 10 17 November (7:30pm – 9:45pm)
  • On-the-water training: 5 x Saturdays – 5, 12, 26 November, 3, 10 December (8:30am – 12:30pm)
    Note: Saturday 17 December is held in reserve in case we have unsatisfactory weather conditions on one of the other dates.

Find out more information here including how to enrol.